CDC Reports Condom Use Up in US Single Men

HealthDay News — About 6 in 10 sexually active single men in the United States are taking responsibility for birth control, according to a data brief published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The researchers analyzed data collected between 2011 and 2015 for the National Survey of Family Growth. They found that use of any male birth control method by unmarried men who had sexual intercourse in the last 3 months rose from 52.2% in 2002 to 59.3% by 2011 to 2015. When the researchers looked at male and female contraception combined, they found that 81.7% of men who’d had sex in the past 90 days said either they or their partner had used some type of birth control.

Condom use varied by marital status, age, and race, the investigators found. Six out of 10 never-married men (60.8%) reported using condoms, followed by 35.2% of formerly married men and about one-quarter (23.5%) of cohabitating men. Racially, more than half of single black men (54.3%) used a condom compared to 44.2% of their white peers and 42.1% of Hispanics. In terms of age, more than three-quarters (75.5%) of 15- to 19-year-old men used condoms compared to just over one-quarter (25.8%) of men aged 35 to 44.

The proportion of men relying on condoms or vasectomy hasn’t changed since 2002, but use of withdrawal before ejaculation has, according to the report, with rates rising from 9.8% in 2002 to 18.8% in 2011 to 2015.

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Unmarried men’s contraceptive use at recent sexual intercourse: United States, 2011-2015 [press release]. Atlanta, Georgia: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated August 31, 2017. Accessed October 11, 2017.